Third anniversaries are generally not ones you make a big deal about. But in
Web years, three is practically a lifetime. Think five dog years or a decade
in human brain cells lost. So this year, to celebrate Addicted to Noise‘s triple-play,
we invited a hundred or so of our closest friends to our scenic San Francisco
offices on Thursday night, and we
filled their ears with the Willy Wonka boat ride music of a crazed trio of
local musicians who call themselves Tipsy.
Part trip-hop cocktail music, part carnival Hawaiian slack key inferno jazz,
the low-key members of Tipsy (RealVideo excerpt) , who opened for David Byrne earlier this year
and just returned from a European festival gig, stood nonchalantly behind
their keyboards, samplers, guitars and turntables and gave the crowd a stern
lesson in the dynamics of electronic lounge music.
With an over-amped opening set that would have sent most Cocktail Nation
denizens scuttling toward the roof for an extra-wide smoke, the trio blasted
through songs from their album, Trip Tease, adding a rock touch to
their kitschy Martin Denny-loving swizzle stick sounds. The spaced-out
bachelor pad music swung from torrents of white noise overlaid with subtle
scratching to carousel merry-go-round bursts of keyboards and distorted
The group, who originally pasted together tracks on their debut such as “Mr.
Excitement” and “Nude on the Moon” from exotica heroes Esquivel and Martin
Denny (only to strip many of those out and reconstruct the music due to
licensing hassles), had many of those classic LP’s close at hand Thursday
night to add to the sonic wash.
Once the sonic overload of the first set had faded into the dark recesses of
the room, the duo (the guitarist slipped out while we were getting drinks)
played a second set of mellow, kick-back ambient spy movie lounge tunes,
commonly referred to as the “experimental” set. All in all, the perfect
compliment to three years of chaos, disorder, being spread-too-thin, and
finally, cool focus at Addicted To Noise. — ATN staff report [Mon., Dec. 22, 1997, 9:00 a.m.